Bardon Hill

Wildlife Highlights

The trees near the summit attract Tree Pipits in summer and the area is one of the best spots for seeing passing migrants, such as Ring Ouzels in spring. Raptors such as Buzzard and Peregrine can often be seen circling the higher areas. There is a good invertebrate diversity, including a few rarities

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 154


Bardon Hill, near Coalville, is the highest point in Leicestershire, 278 metres (912 feet) above sea level. The hill has two very distinct faces – one half preserved as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the other removed by Bardon Hill Quarry. It is also the site of a radio mast. Though it is the highest point in Leicestershire, it is easy to get to the top and the summit offers tremendous views across the county plus a dramatic vista over the adjacent quarry. The rocky outcrops at the summit are surrounded by overgrown heathland, which is being restored.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
WallLasiommata megera10/05/2017Richard Jeffery
Painted LadyVanessa cardui15/10/2016David Nicholls
Speckled WoodPararge aegeria15/10/2016David Nicholls
Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta15/10/2016David Nicholls
Gorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus15/10/2016David Nicholls
Birch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus15/10/2016David Nicholls
Black SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum15/10/2016David Nicholls
Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari15/10/2016David Nicholls
Scots PinePinus sylvestris15/10/2016David Nicholls
Pedunculate OakQuercus robur15/10/2016David Nicholls
Silver BirchBetula pendula15/10/2016David Nicholls
Downy BirchBetula pubescens15/10/2016David Nicholls
GorseUlex europaeus15/10/2016David Nicholls
LingCalluna vulgaris15/10/2016David Nicholls
Common Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata15/10/2016David Nicholls
Further Information

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata12/05/2006
Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata15/10/2016
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata12/05/2006
Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix15/10/2016
Centipedes & MillipedesBanded CentipedeLithobius variegatus25/04/2008
Mosses & LiverwortsBank Haircap MossPolytrichum formosum15/02/2013
BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus15/10/2016
Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum15/10/2016
FungiBlackening WaxcapHygrocybe conica15/10/2016
BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus03/07/2014
Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum15/10/2016
Mosses & LiverwortsBristly HaircapPolytrichum piliferum15/02/2013
WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides20/09/2013
Mosses & LiverwortsBruch's PincushionUlota bruchii15/02/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris25/04/2008
WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium15/10/2016
BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo14/04/2014
HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare05/05/2006
BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita03/07/2014
MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae29/08/2015
WildflowersClimbing CorydalisCeratocapnos claviculata03/07/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola15/10/2016
WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara24/03/2011
ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album29/08/2015
WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus07/09/2016
ButterfliesCommon BluePolyommatus icarus29/08/2015
WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata15/10/2016
WildflowersCommon CentauryCentaurium erythraea03/07/2014
Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum29/08/2015
Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus29/08/2015